Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I'm patiently waiting for my package of Laneige overnight lip mask to arrive.  Once I heard the news that a product exists that can truly hydrate while you sleep, I immediately wanted in.  Thankfully, I found a website that was offering this holy grail lip product on sale.

While I wait for my little pink jar to come home, I will employ a lip hydration strategy that I learned from a master makeup artist.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Bloating is a serious issue for a lot of people.  It's been a huge problem for me in the past.  For a long time, I've dreamt of eating a tasty meal without having to deal with a huge, swollen stomach afterward.  It seems like the older I get, the more consistent the bloating becomes.

In recent years, detox teas have become insanely popular.  There are countless images on social media shared by influencers who claim that a tea-tox is the right strategy to deal with bloat.

Weeks ago, I came across a post where a popular influencer shared a pic displaying her bare midriff.  The image showed her slightly rounded midsection.  In the caption, she informed her audience that she was now officially preparing for her upcoming vacation and would employ the help of this cleansing tea to help manage bloating.  #sponsored. 

Typically, I tend to immediately navigate away from such posts but, in this instance, I decided to check out the comment section.  I'm glad I did because someone left a detailed comment that, I believe was absolutely spot on.

Let's discuss.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The countdown to summer has begun.  It's time to place our focus on beauty routines that compliment the upcoming season.  In order to thrive this summer, we must be brilliant at the basics.  The first thing that comes to mind when I think of summer is hot weather....which means sweating.

I'm fearful of sweating because I'm concerned about offensive body odor.  Because I work from home, I rarely wear deodorant.  When I do wear underarm protection, it's usually a natural brand.  Natural deodorants are cool, but honestly, they don't do a great job of preventing sweat.   Instead of trying to eliminate sweat, I prefer to take an alternative approach that consists of eliminating odor altogether. This summer, I'm implementing some tried and true solutions that address body odor at the source.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The warmer it gets, the more I think about how to prep my skin for summer.  During colder months, I'm obsessed with how to keep skin moisturized.  But, as summer approaches, my mind is filled with ways to keep my pores happy.  Unhappy pores are a recipe for congestion and breakouts.

Over the years I've realized that, if my pores are happy, my skin will stay in its lane.  Just as I was contemplating how to prep my skin for summer, I came across the perfect solution that will have my skin flawless by summer.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

When I meditated daily, one of the notable side effects of this wonderful habit was an awesome awareness of my body.  On the flip side, when I'm not meditating on a regular basis, my mind consumes my full attention. Or, to distract myself, I direct my attention towards external distractions like consuming content online.

to combat this, I've decided to train myself to reconnect with my body by making good use of idle time. Ideally, I'd like to execute a series of activities that have some really positive benefits. I've been doing this for a couple of weeks now and so far it's been paying off.  Here's a short list of activities that I do during spare moments to help improve my mind and body.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

One habit I really need to work on is executing the perfect evening routine. Preferably, one that will have me looking more radiant in the morning. My current ritual is pretty lacking so I figured that I should start small and build from there.

Over the past couple of months, I captured a couple of screenshots that might have lead me to the first step in my new nightly beauty routine.  This past winter I failed when it came to protecting the moisture level of my lips.  As we sleep through the night, we become increasingly dehydrated.  Upon waking, my lips were shriveled and dehydrated.  Not a good look.  I tried applying lip balms before bed but they just didn't seem to have staying power.   Turns out that I was using the wrong products.  Lip balms aren't the really ideal products to help seal in moisture overnight.

So what's the answer?

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The other day I received a direct message on IG from a reader inquiring about whether I still believed that opening an American Express online savings account was a good idea.  After  I answered with a resounding yes, I quickly logged on my account for a quick check-in.  Months earlier, I moved a sizeable chunk out of my savings to pay off my student loans.  Since making that move, I've been hesitant to log back in to see the lower balance.

But, much to my surprise, I noticed that my interest payment was around the same as what I received just months before the recent withdrawal.  Confused, I searched for answers.  Within seconds I realized that, once again, the interest accrual rate had increased.  Since my money was earning at a higher rate, my interest payments were still a sizeable amount.

I consider this a huge win in the game of money & life.  Years ago, I read a book that encouraged its readers to look at making money as a game.  I have a natural competitive spirit so I gladly took on this philosophy.  So far, I've been playing the game pretty conservatively but I'm still being rewarded.  Eventually, I hope to make bigger moves. But until then, I'd like to share a couple of money rules that I follow which has consistently paid off.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Years ago, I got really interested in the topic of anti-aging.  The more I dug into the topic, the more I came to realize that aging is much more than skin deep.  After observing countless faces of all age ranges, I came to understand how much of a role our underlying facial structure plays in how young or old we look.

Not only do well-developed bones keep us looking younger, they also make us appear more attractive.  In society, the people who are deemed to be most beautiful (fashion models) typically have a highly defined facial structure.  If you're like most people, you probably think that a strong facial structure, chiseled jawline, and high cheekbones are solely the result of genetics.

I once thought that way until I learned of a thing called tongue posture.  What is tongue posture? Basically, it's a habit that can literally change the shape and attractiveness of your face.  Best of all, it's free and doesn't require the use of needles or fillers.

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